Indulge in Decadence: The Perfect Chocolate Eclair Recipe


Welcome to my kitchen, fellow dessert enthusiasts! Today, I have a treat that’s bound to satisfy your sweet tooth and impress your guests: the delectable Chocolate Eclair. If you’re looking for a dessert that’s a perfect blend of rich chocolate, velvety pastry cream, and delicate choux pastry, you’re in for a treat. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a novice in the kitchen, this recipe is designed for all skill levels.

Who This Recipe Is For

This Chocolate Eclair recipe is for anyone who appreciates the art of pastry making and has a love affair with chocolate. It’s an ideal dessert to share with friends and family during special occasions or to treat yourself to a bit of luxury after a long day. The best part? You don’t need to be a professional pastry chef to whip up these beauties. Just follow my step-by-step instructions, and you’ll be enjoying these homemade eclairs in no time.

Why It’s Great

What makes these Chocolate Eclairs so great? Let me count the ways:

1. The Perfect Combination

These eclairs strike the perfect balance between textures and flavors. The crisp, golden choux pastry shell provides a delightful crunch, while the silky pastry cream filling offers a rich and creamy contrast. The glossy chocolate glaze on top adds a decadent finish, making each bite a heavenly experience.

2. Elegance on a Plate

Eclairs are the epitome of elegance when it comes to desserts. They are visually stunning, making them a showstopper at any gathering. Your friends and family will be impressed by your culinary prowess when you serve these delightful pastries.

3. Customizable

While this recipe is for classic Chocolate Eclairs, you can get creative with your fillings. Swap out the chocolate glaze for a fruity coulis or add a hint of coffee to your pastry cream for a mocha twist. The possibilities are endless!

4. Make-Ahead Option

Preparing for a dinner party? You can make the choux pastry and pastry cream ahead of time and assemble the eclairs just before serving. This convenient option allows you to enjoy freshly assembled eclairs with minimal last-minute fuss.

Kitchen Equipment You’ll Need

Before we dive into the recipe, let’s make sure you have all the necessary kitchen equipment ready. Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Mixing Bowls: You’ll need bowls for mixing the choux pastry, pastry cream, and chocolate glaze.
  2. Piping Bag with a Round Tip: Essential for shaping the choux pastry.
  3. Baking Sheets: To bake the choux pastry.
  4. Parchment Paper: To prevent sticking while baking.
  5. Saucepan: For heating the milk and making the pastry cream.
  6. Whisk: To stir and combine ingredients.
  7. Double Boiler (or Microwave): For melting chocolate for the glaze.
  8. Cooling Rack: To cool the baked pastry shells.

Now that you have your equipment ready, let’s dive into the recipe!

The Perfect Chocolate Eclair Recipe


For the Choux Pastry:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs

For the Pastry Cream:

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Glaze:

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup


Making the Choux Pastry:

  1. In a saucepan, combine water and butter. Heat over medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a boil.
  2. Add flour all at once and stir vigorously until the mixture forms a ball and pulls away from the sides of the pan.
  3. Transfer the dough to a mixing bowl and let it cool slightly.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time until the dough is smooth and glossy.
  5. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Transfer the choux pastry dough into a piping bag fitted with a round tip.
  7. Pipe 4-inch long eclair shapes onto the prepared baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 350°F (180°C) and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until golden brown and puffed.
  9. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack.

Making the Pastry Cream:

  1. In a saucepan, heat the milk until it begins to steam, but do not boil.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar, egg yolks, and cornstarch until well combined.
  3. Gradually pour the hot milk into the egg mixture while whisking constantly.
  4. Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it thickens.
  5. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract, and let it cool.

Making the Chocolate Glaze:

  1. Place the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl.
  2. In a saucepan, heat the heavy cream and corn syrup over medium heat until it begins to simmer.
  3. Pour the hot cream over the chopped chocolate and let it sit for a minute, then stir until smooth.

Assembling the Chocolate Eclairs:

  1. Slice the cooled choux pastry shells in half horizontally.
  2. Pipe the pastry cream into the bottom half of each eclair.
  3. Dip the top halves of the eclairs into the chocolate glaze.
  4. Place the glazed tops onto the filled bottoms.

How to Store Leftovers

If you happen to have any leftover Chocolate Eclairs (though they’re so delicious, that’s a rare occurrence!), store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They’ll stay fresh for up to two days. Just be sure to let them come to room temperature before enjoying them again.


Can I freeze Chocolate Eclairs?

Yes, you can freeze unfilled, baked choux pastry shells. Just wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and store them in an airtight container. When you’re ready to enjoy them, let them thaw at room temperature, fill them with pastry cream, and dip in chocolate glaze.

Can I use a different type of chocolate for the glaze?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with dark chocolate, white chocolate, or even flavored chocolate for a unique twist on the classic recipe.

What’s the best way to pipe the choux pastry?

Hold the piping bag at a slight angle and apply even pressure to create consistent eclair shapes. Practice makes perfect, so don’t worry if your first few aren’t perfect.


There you have it, the ultimate Chocolate Eclair recipe that’s sure to make you the star of your next gathering. These indulgent pastries are a delightful blend of textures and flavors, and they’re customizable to suit your preferences.

So, what are you waiting for? Whip up a batch of these Chocolate Eclairs, share them with your loved ones, and bask in the sweet satisfaction of creating a bakery-worthy dessert right in your own kitchen.

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